April 26, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Corporate News

The Latest and Greatest From Mitsubishi Electric

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We’ve been eager to share some exciting news with you – and now we can!

Mitsubishi Electric Wins Greenest Brand

We are pleased to announce we’ve been selected as the greenest brand in the HVAC category by Green Builder Media’s 2017 Reader’s Choice Survey.

Green Builder Media is the nation’s leading media company focused on green building and sustainable living. Every year, Green Builder Media asks readers to share information about their favorite brands and current perceptions about the green building market. In the survey, readers were able to rank which company they believed offered the greenest heating, ventilation and air-conditioning products. Out of 11 brands, we achieved first place.

At Mitsubishi Electric, we pride ourselves on our high quality and energy efficient products and this award reinforces our position as a leading player in the green building industry.

Be Sure to Sign Up for Our May Webinar!

On Thursday, May 4, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EDT, High Performing Buildings will host the webinar. Presenters will include our own Kevin Miskewicz, LEED® Green Associate and director, commercial marketing; and Joe Cefaly, CEM, LEED Accredited Professional, senior manager, OEM applications. Attendees will learn about the recent developments in Dedicated Outside Air System (DOAS) technology, and how ventilation in commercial buildings is more effective and efficient than ever. They will also learn how DOAS addresses ventilation concerns, and how they are easier to design, improve air quality and perform better and quieter.

Topics include:

  • Current industry trends informing ventilation technology development
  • Recent developments in ventilation systems
  • What today’s most advanced DOAS systems look like and how they differ from other technologies
  • The future of ventilation systems

Click here to register for the webinar.

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April 19, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Industry News

The Green Retrofit Takeover

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It’s no secret that we’ve seen an increased demand for commercial buildings that are environmentally conscious and able to conserve energy. Building owners and managers have quickly learned that going green can attract more, higher-paying tenants. A majority of this demand is being met by high-performance buildings, but there are not enough new construction projects to satisfy the market. To fully meet these demands, the industry has turned to green retrofits.

The green retrofitting trend is good news for the industry. The National Institute of Building Sciences recently found that retrofitting an existing building can oftentimes be more cost effective than building a new green facility. There’s also been talk about the long-term benefits of green retrofitting. According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), “Owners of green buildings reported that their return on investment improved by 19.2% on average for existing building green projects” compared to just “9.9% on average for new projects.” Other benefits include reduced operating costs and environmental impact, and an increased market value. Green retrofitted buildings also tend to have a longer lifespan and contribute to a comfortable environment for tenants – especially since tenants now want features such as rooftop gardens and use of recycled material for interior finishes and furnishings.

Green retrofitting can also play an important role in facilities where the occupant experience is paramount. These renovated buildings feature improved indoor air quality and upgraded accessibility and security. The USGBC reported the following about how retrofitting can improve tenant health: “Building retrofits which improved the indoor environment of a building resulted in reductions of: communicable respiratory diseases of 9-20%; allergies and asthma of 18-25%; and non-specific health and discomfort effects of 20-50%.”

It’s an exciting time to become involved in green retrofit projects. From now until 2023, the USGBC predicts that commercial building owners and managers will invest an estimated $960 billion globally on green retrofitting. At Mitsubishi Electric, we have welcomed green retrofitting with open arms and our products are a strong fit for this application. For example, our efficient Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology helped Stack House Apartments renovate their facility to be a showcase of sustainability. And, like Stack House Apartments, we look forward to a greener future.

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April 12, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Project Profile

Project Profile: J.L. Young Apartment Community

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The J.L. Young Apartment Community (J.L. Young), Tampa, Florida, is a 23,000-square-foot facility that has been in operation since the 1970s and accommodates elderly residents. After many decades trying to solve a moisture issue, the owner, Tampa Housing Authority (THA), Tampa, knew that action had to be taken before occupants began to vacate and the facility deteriorated entirely. That action took the form of selecting our Zoned Comfort Solutions™ for the facility.

Mary Fox, formerly THA’s director of energy services, said, “The building had moisture issues causing mildew within the units. This was a liability for the THA because of indoor air quality concerns, which could trigger legal action from the residents.”

To avoid any potential legal action, the selection of a new system began. THA agreed that central air and ductwork were not feasible for the facility, but they believed zoned technology would be a perfect fit because of its easy installation and operation and ability to provide occupants with immediate comfort. “Mitsubishi [Electric] was the only brand with dehumidification. The units actually take the humidity out of the air, so with the Mitsubishi [Electric] units, we knew we wouldn’t be making the residents uncomfortable as we would with standard air conditioning, but we could still bring down the humidity. This resulted in a win-win for everyone,” said Fox.

Since installing zoned technology, J.L Young has saved almost $100,000 in energy bills, and the residents not only seem to be happier but even more comfortable in their homes. To read more about J.L. Young Apartment community, check out the case study here.

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April 5, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Industry News

Specifying With Thermal Comfort in Mind

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April 3, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Project Profile

Project Profile: Westmoreland and Pastore Home

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When homeowner Lauren Westmoreland and her husband, Nick Pastore, purchased a two-unit duplex in Atlanta, they knew they had a significant project on their hands. Not only did they want to combine the two separate units into a single-family home, but they also had to meet strict Georgia energy codes. This meant the couple needed to find energy-saving products for their home, including a new cooling and heating system. But this was easy for Westmoreland because she was already familiar with the performance capabilities of our Zoned Comfort Solutions.

The renovation began with planning out the new space – a 1,200-square-foot home featuring energy-efficient and low-maintenance products. When it came to selecting a cooling and heating system, Westmoreland wanted to make use of each square foot in her house and decided ductwork was not an option. “We compared ductless mini-splits to a traditional, ducted heat pump. With the mini-splits, I gained at least 1,000 square feet of storage [space] that I otherwise wouldn’t have had access to. We have the washer and dryer in the basement, for example – something I couldn’t have done had we gone with a traditional system.”

With the selection of zoned technology, Westmoreland immediately chose our Zoned Comfort Solutions and proceeded with installation. Since completion of the project, the couple has noticed pleasingly low energy bills, averaging around $72 a month in comparison to an average Georgia resident who pays $172. Westmoreland said, “For eight to nine months a year my total electricity bill is $1 to $2 a day. People say, ‘You just don’t run the HVAC then.’ No, I do. I run it as much as anyone else does.”

To read more about how Westmoreland and Pastore saved money on energy bills, check out the case study here.

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March 29, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Company News

HGTV Star Sabrina Soto Transforms Her Garage

HGTV star and designer, Sabrina Soto, remodeled her home’s garage in Studio City, California, into a functional design studio. Her new flexible workspace features wooden cabinets, vibrant furnishings, large design tables and our Zoned Comfort Solutions™. With zoned technology in her newly designed garage, Soto can work comfortably year-round while having the luxury of being within steps from her living room.

During a recent interview with ApartmentTherapy, Soto said, “After living out the better part of my 30s in a three-room rented Manhattan apartment, I couldn’t wait to create a home studio space that reflected my design aesthetic ‒ fun, playful, modern and effervescent ‒ when I moved to Los Angeles. This space is a true labor of love. I gathered all the tips I employed while designing amazing spaces for my HGTV families over the years and applied them to create a real usable workable space.”

We’re delighted that our products helped Soto create her dream studio. Click here to see more photos.

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March 23, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Project Profile

Project Profile: Burton Center for Arts & Technology

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The Burton Center for Arts & Technology (BCAT), Salem, Virginia, serves almost 800 students. At BCAT, students can take classes on a wide variety of topics, such as automotive technology, computer information technology, culinary arts and cosmetology.

When the school’s old HVAC systems needed replacing, BCAT selected our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology to ensure comfort and efficiency for its students and faculty.

Melinda Ruble, president, MDR Engineering, Roanoke, Virginia, had the challenge to design a new HVAC system for BCAT. “The old boiler was entering the end of its useful life. The school also wanted cooling; some of the school was air conditioned by window units, but in some places, there was no a/c at all. The county is really energy conscious and had made a big push for energy efficient designs, so the eventual HVAC system’s energy efficiency came into play.”

After exploring various technologies, Ruble believed VRF could meet the demands of the county in addition to the needs of the school. She said, “Geothermal was too expensive and there was no space for wells. VRF, though, could be as energy-efficient as geothermal, but without the expense.” The school agreed with Ruble’s suggestion.

With VRF decided on, the school selected Mitsubishi Electric as the brand of choice. Ruble said, “Mitsubishi [Electric] requires certification programs of its contractors, making for a better install. I’ve had much greater success with Mitsubishi [Electric] than other manufacturers.”

The school chose to use VRF in key areas to take advantage of its benefits. “We put VRF, for example, in places with multiple offices where individual comfort was most important. From there, we could then piggyback on the system to get some extra classrooms,” said Ruble.

Since installation, the new HVAC system not only has improved the learning environment for everyone at BCAT, but has made it a comfortable one. To read more about BCAT, check out the full case study here.

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March 21, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Industry News

How VRF Addresses Educational Facilities’ IAQ Challenges

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As VRF has continued to innovate and improve, it has evolved from being a good solution for educational facilities to the solution. Read more in our K-12 Educational Facilities White Paper.

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March 15, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Corporate News

Diamond Leadership Conference 2017

Late last month, we held our 2017 Diamond Leadership Conference in Tucson, Arizona. Our theme for this year’s conference focused on three key words: vision, dedication and success. On our first day, we shared this video with the attendees, highlighting the first word of our theme: vision. Here at Mitsubishi Electric, we strive every day to become a leader in the HVAC industry, and through our efforts to do so we’ve had the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships with our distributors and rep firms. Without them, we couldn’t achieve our vision, and most importantly, we wouldn’t be able to provide our customers with comfort.

We want to thank our distributors and rep firms for their loyalty and commitment to Mitsubishi Electric and our products! We’re excited to see where the next year takes us. If you’d like to watch the videos from days two and three of the conference, click here: dedication and success.

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March 9, 2017, 9:00 am Filed Under: Project Profile

Project Profile: The Covenant School

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The Covenant School was founded 30 years ago in Charlottesville, Virginia. The lower school, for students in pre-K through 6th grade, is located in a 65,000-square-foot historic brick building dating back to 1935. With almost 300 students, faculty and staff members, the school needs to operate seamlessly so when the old boiler system started to fail, it needed to find a new heating system as soon as possible. The Covenant School selected our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology to answer that need, providing zone control, air filtration and the added bonus of cooling.

To find a suitable system, the school called in Jay Taggart, school board member and the President of W.E. Brown, Charlottesville – the project’s installing contractor. Taggart compared two systems – a water-based chiller and VRF – and made a recommendation to the school. He said, “Everyone agreed that ductwork couldn’t happen, and we were worried the roof couldn’t handle the weight of a chiller, so we came in with a CITY MULTI® solution. With CITY MULTI, there wouldn’t be nearly as much equipment on the roof as a water-based solution, making VRF significantly lighter. Also, CITY MULTI offered simultaneous heating and cooling in a real way because of the heat recovery, and a more detailed level of zoning. And because refrigerant piping is smaller than water piping, VRF offered a more compact solution.”

Installation proceeded during the summer while the students were away, ensuring an easy process for the project team and school. Since the completion of the project, the school has seen improvement in comfort and health. Taggart said, “This is the first time the building has ever been fully air conditioned or had air filtration, so the air quality has gone up drastically. Many teachers say they’ve noticed an impact on their health: fewer allergies and colds.”

Between the improved indoor air quality and increase in control, The Covenant School can now offer a comfortable learning environment for its students and teachers year-round. To read more about The Covenant School, check out the case study here.

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